It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like 3DPmas: Show Us Your Christmas Morning Prints

3D Printing & Imaging
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like 3DPmas: Show Us Your Christmas Morning Prints
Christmas Snowflake Decoration by Nicholas Salmons
Christmas Snowflake Decoration by Nicholas Salmons

Christmas Comes Early For The MAKE 3DP Team

For the past two years our Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing has used “Christmas Morning” print tests to gauge how well a desktop machine prints right out of the box.

As our “How We Tested” article states:

In order to make sure that the printers were in working order when they arrived at the MAKE offices, the MAKE interns and I performed the “Christmas morning” tests prior to the shootout weekend. We unboxed all the machines and printed a small MAKE robot and ensured that the printer was operational prior to the arrival of the main group of testers. This enabled us to contact customer support early if a machine was having serious difficulty and gave us the lay of the land before we began serious comparison testing.

Maker Faire Robot Test Print by Eric Chu

Are You Getting a 3D Printer This Christmas?

We invite all new printer users to send us their first-print photos of our 2014 Ultimate Guide test prints (both successful and unsuccessful) and descriptions of their personal Christmas morning experiences. When taking pictures of test prints, include a nickel for scale and let us know what printer you used, so we can compare your print experiences with our testing. However, your prints don’t need to be limited to the test prints — any print will do!

Naughty or Nice? You’d better watch out or the Krampus will get you! roggesound’s beautifully painted print of Krampus The x-mas demon by cerberus333

Looking for Something to Print?

Check out “Eric and Anna’s Fantastical 3D Printer HOA of Holiday Goodness” for some great holiday themed items to print. Also take a look at “Print Your Own D*mn Presents: Minifig Madness!” for more awesome prints to give as gifts.

Show Us Your Christmas Morning 3D Prints!

Post your makes to our model pages on Thingiverse and / or send descriptions and images of your printer dialing-in experiences to anna at makermedia dot com and use the email subject “Christmas morning prints” by January 2nd, 2014. I will post the most interesting submissions with the best first print Christmas stories.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book "Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also the Academic Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and compiled the Make: 3D Printing book.

Formerly, she worked as an editor for Make: Books, was digital fabrication editor and skill builder section editor for Make: Magazine, and directed Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open— preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter and Facebook.

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